Fintan O'Toole: On abortion we are subjects of Brexit Britain

Anti-abortionists depend on pagan England to uphold their vision of a holy Ireland

Volunteers from both the "Yes" and "No" campaigns canvass on the streets of Cork and Dublin ahead of the abortion referendum vote on May 25th. Video: Reuters

Independence means having your own state. But it is also a state of mind. There has been an independent Irish State for nearly a century, but whether Ireland has ever been psychologically independent is a whole other matter. It is a question, as it happens, that hovers over two of the biggest issues currently occupying Irish minds: Brexit and the abortion referendum. They may seem to be miles apart but underlying both is the extent to which Ireland is ready to be psychologically independent from Britain. 

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